Category: Part 2 – Elements of Design

Exercises for Part 2 of the course

Sep 13

Exercise; Rhythms and patterns

Produce at least two photographs, one should convey rhythm, the other pattern Pattern I saw the pattern produced by the Hosta leaves in the garden, so I framed the photo tightly so that no boundaries to the pattern were seen. Rhythm Here the eye is drawn from the out of focus base of the flower …

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Sep 11

Exercise; Real and implied triangles

This exercise is split into two parts, one using ‘real’ triangles, the other making ‘implied’ triangles. Real triangles The first photo is of Norwich cathedral, the spire of which is an example of a triangular object. The second photo is a triangle, created by perspective, converging towards the top of the frame. This is a …

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Aug 28

Exercise; Implied lines

This exercise is in two parts – the first part is to analyse three existing photographs for implied lines. The second part of the exercise is to take two photographs that use the following  kinds of implied lines an eye line the extension of a line For the first of these attention is drawn to …

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Aug 28

Exercise; Curves

This exercise involved looking out for and taking four photographs using curves to emphasise movement and direction. The first image was taken at the riverside of the top of a set of steps leading down to a mooring berth. It was the curved top to the steps that first attracted me to the photo and …

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Aug 23

Exercise; Diagonals

The requirement for this exercise is to take 4 photographs which use diagonals strongly. The first example is of shadows cast by some railings, the railings could have been photographed as an example of vertical lines, but the shadows cast some strong diagonals.  The next example is from a paved courtyard, looking down directly on …

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Aug 23

Exercise; Horizontal and vertical lines

I went out to photograph horizontal and vertical lines and, as suggested in the brief, to try to subordinate the content of the photograph to the line. Horizontal These were steps in a medieval building. The horizontal lines are quite strong, though the fact that thet are steps can possibly be seen quite easily. Possibly …

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Aug 23

Exercise; Multiple points

For this exercise I tried to build up an image of multiple points, starting with a blank background and then adding objects one at a time. I decided to build up an image of DIY tools and had to choose a suitable background that was unfussy but not entirely plain. I decided to use an …

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Aug 23

Exercise; The relationship between points

This exercise involved finding situations where there were two points in the frame and then examining the relationship between them. In this first instance I was attracted to the image by the unusual nature of the subject – they were two mirrors on a road at the end  of someone’s drive, allowing them to see …

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Aug 23

Exercise; Positioning a point

This was an exercise experimenting with the positioning of a single point in the frame. In the following photograph I positioned the thistle flower to the left of and below centre.  The eye is drawn naturally to the flower. Positioning it where I chose to I think ‘anchors’ the flower in the frame, making it …

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